Industry News 6/3/2006

ASR's First Holiday Show, May 31 & June 1, Reported as Success

Big Buying in a Relaxed Environment Make ASR Holiday’s Debut Shine
ASR’s holiday show kicks off May 31 and June 1, bolstering holiday sales in the action sports industry.

(San Juan Capistrano, CA – June 2, 2006) – The first ASR Holiday trade show was marked with intense buying, balanced out by a relaxed, waterfront environment. On May 31 and June 1, action sports industry leaders from around the world met in Newport Beach, CA to preview holiday lines and write orders with over 100 of the hottest emerging and established brands. Both retailers and manufacturers were relieved to complete a month’s worth of buying for the important holiday season in 2 efficient days, all within one pavilion.

“The strength of buyers’ present and overwhelming support from the brands made ASR Holiday’s debut a success,” says Andy Tompkins, ASR Show Director. “Reps were fully booked, lines were previewed and orders written. The work of the season was done, effectively in a mellow environment – we couldn’t have asked for a better first show!”

One of Hawaii’s most influential retailers, Hawaiian Island Creations, joined retailers from around the US and world in doing their holiday buying at ASR. “We were able to talk to sales managers and directors in detail about the business, trends and lines,” says Dony Sato, the Men’s Buyer for HIC, who appreciated the intimate environment of ASR Holiday. Buyers made a point of flying into ASR Holiday from Canada, Austria, the UK, Brazil, and Israel.

Many of the buyers on the floor were writing paper for multiple storefronts, adding to the magnitude of buying power at ASR Holiday. Strong attendance on the floor included the who’s who of Southern California’s retailers such as Jack’s, Sun Diego, Becker’s, K-5, Hanger 94, Pac Sun, Beach Bums and more. Many exhibitors were booked solid throughout the show. “We’re really focusing on key retailers and core shops and we’re excited to see so many of them at the show. Exhibiting at ASR Holiday was very effective for us,” says Scott Viscomi, Sales Manager for Cult.

The combination of key brands under one roof, a convenient location and having lunch served onsite allowed buyers to make the most of the 2-day show. David Hollander, President of Becker’s, booked 5 appointments each day, and still had time to view new lines, “It was easy to sit at a table, see the lines, and write orders. We saw the lines in one shot, instead of over a couple week period, saving lots of time.”

Buzz swirled around new brands, such as Atwater and Factor 54, and the overall release of the holiday 2006 lines. Vestal’s release of a Shepard Fairey inspired watch and sophisticated outerwear concepts also generated talk. Todd Miller, co-founder of Factor 54 was thrilled with the brand’s launch at ASR, “The show was great for us! We made so many new contacts.”

Be sure to catch ASR in San Diego - Next show hits September 8-10, 2006